Personal Injury, Family Law, & Estate Planning Attorney in Charleston, WV

We take the mystery out of legal issues.

You’re probably not used to sitting down with a guy in a suit and talking about the law. That’s okay. Despite what you might be expecting, working with a lawyer doesn’t have to be scary. When you come to us, you’ll work directly with your lawyer, and he will patiently answer all of your questions and walk you through your best options.

You deserve someone willing to fight for you.

Whether you’re dealing with a messy divorce, personal injury, child custody dispute, criminal charge, elder law issue, or another legal matter, we are on your side. Period. You don’t have to worry about being judged or turned away based on your legal situation. We are here to help you get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible.

We fight hard to achieve our clients’ goals.

We have fought against criminal charges at the state and federal levels, taken on large insurance companies to get payment for our clients’ injuries, battled for custody rights on behalf of parents and grandparents, and successfully argued against a wide range of other legal opponents. We are more than willing to fight aggressively for you if your case is complex or the other side is not cooperating.

Attorney at Law

Claude S. Smith, III


From the moment you first meet Claude, you can tell that he’s concerned about your well-being — not what’s in your wallet. If you’re looking for an attorney who is knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and focused on what matters, Claude is who you need to see.

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Personal Injury

We handle car wrecks, large truck accidents, slip and falls, Child Protective Services cases, and more.

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Estate Planning

If you don’t have a will or trust, or if you have an older relative whose needs are not being met, we can help.


Family Law

Let us help you with matters of divorce, collecting child support and alimony, child custody battles, and guardianship.

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Criminal Defense

We have experience fighting against all kinds of criminal charges, from minor misdemeanors to capital felonies.

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What Sets Us Apart
building.png "My clients deserve to talk to the person they hired. They like talking directly to their attorney, and I like talking to them." — Claude S. Smith, III
We understand this process can be difficult - we ease you through it with your best interest in mind.

Legal problems are extremely stressful, especially when your family, your health, or your freedom are at stake. At this point in time, you may not even be sure what kinds of questions you need to ask a lawyer, but that’s entirely normal. Whether your situation involves family law, a personal injury, estate planning, elder law, or a criminal charge, we will start by giving you all the information you need.

The way we see it, you deserve to get this information directly from an expert. That’s why we make it easy for you to get in touch with your lawyer, and we never ask you to sit down with a paralegal or assistant instead.

As our relationship continues, we will keep you updated about the status of your case every step of the way. Your lawyer will reach out regularly to tell you about any new developments, and he will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the process.